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Choice of 1/4" to 1/8" adapters

In case anyone needs to adapt their favorite headphones with a 1/4" plug to use on a computer or "mobile music device", I recommend getting the Sennheiser 1/4" to 1/8" cable adapter! Let's the music through without muddying the sound or slowing the tempo.

My headphones are the AKG K701's and I compared the Sennheiser cable adapter to the Grado and an all metal gold-plated plug adapter.

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Adapter

I could only find one photo, and it was very fuzzy. The price is much cheaper than the genuine Grados (I have two of those), and reading the reviews at B&H, users say it has no Sennheiser markings, nor does the Sennheiser website list such an adapter. So apparently this is not a genuine Sennheiser item.

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Sennheiser cable adapter

Hi,

I got mine on ebay. Lots of companies out-source their peripheral and accessory products, so I'm not suprised if Sennheiser does too. Nevertheless, I heard a clear difference between that particular adapter and the Grado (and the cheap plug adapter), but your mileage may vary with different headphones and music system.

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Outsourcing
ChrisS wrote:

Hi, I got mine on ebay. Lots of companies out-source their peripheral and accessory products, so I'm not suprised if Sennheiser does too. Nevertheless, I heard a clear difference between that particular adapter and the Grado (and the cheap plug adapter), but your mileage may vary with different headphones and music system.

My company outsources certain items as do many companies, and my company puts their own name on those outsourced products to indicate that they are made to our specification by our outsourcing partner. For example, Leica cameras made by Panasonic that carry the Leica brand name (Leica DLux5), as opposed to the Panasonic LX5 which has a "Leica" lens only.

When the outsourced product does not carry a brand name, then it is not likely outsourced by (in this case) Sennheiser corporation, and different samples will likely have variances in their product spec, giving purchasers unpredictable results.

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Sennheiser & Leica

Hi dalethorn,

What a coincidence that you should use Leica/Panasonic as an example of outsourced products! My wife has a Panasonic Lumix FZ35 (an FZ28 before that), which gives quite impressive image quality, while I've been using Leica M's (film) for many years.

Unlike the above camera components, this "Sennheiser" adapter is inexpensive enough to get several to compare. I should get another myself. Not unsual to find some "no-name" product that outperforms an equivalent branded one, however,  good point that companies brand their outsourced products to maintain specs, quality control, and company reputation.

 

Regards,

Chris

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Quality control

Thanks for that reply, Chris. Quality control is something I think about a lot now with all of the new items being released, especially of course the more expensive components. And speaking of Sennheiser, their new HD-700 has a lot of people interested. I was reading the review at Headfonia - an amazing review that describes a "grain-free" sound and certain other things the 700 did right that he wished the 800 could have done better. So far I haven't seen another really definitive review, and I'm wondering if that review sample was final production, or whether Sennheiser might tweak the HD-700 a little further before they hit the stores in quantity. There are different issues in QC of course - the production line QC, or later modifications like the manufacturers say in the small print "Specifications subject to change..." This could be a good test subject for Innerfidelity too, if they can find unmodified samples from different time periods - like maybe a HD-600 from year 2000, 2005, 2010 and so on - to see if there's a major evolution to the sound of that model.

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Quality control

Although I am quite pleased with the sound I get from the AKG K701's, especially with this "Sennheiser" adapter, I wish these headphones fit a bit better. Perhaps my head is too big? I'll keep my eyes open for a review of the HD-700's.

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